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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 2, 2009 to Dec. 9, 2009

Obituaries for the week of Dec. 2, 2009 to Dec. 9, 2009

Dec. 2, 2009

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Marilynn Abel

Marilynn Aileen (Beck) Abel, 83, Sturgis, was received into heaven on Nov. 20, 2009. She went into Sturgis Regional Hospital on Nov. 13, 2009, entered the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital on Nov. 19, 2009. She had Alzheimer's for more than 10 years.

Visitation was from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the First Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with the Rev. Herbert Cleveland officiating. Burial followed at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Marilynn was born June 12, 1926, at the family home in Lake Preston. She was the seventh of eight children born to Melvin Howard and Achsa Bell (Nelson) Beck. Marilynn was baptized when she was 19 years old at the United Methodist Church in Lake Preston.

On July 16, 1946, she married Chester Marvin "Chet" Abel at the United Methodist Church in Lake Preston. They lived in Huron for a few years.  After waiting five years, they were blessed with their first child, Merwin Chester. The family moved to the Lake Preston area and in 1953, they had their second child, Connie Aileen.

Besides raising their family through hard times, Marilynn was an LPN at the Lake Preston nursing home for four years, then home care for two years in De Smet. In 1965, they moved to Sturgis. Marilynn did home care in Sturgis for two years before going to work at Fort Meade in the dietary department. Later, she worked for Anderson Assisted Living.

In 1975, Chet passed away after three years battling cancer.  In 1976, Marilynn began working for the Sturgis Cleaners and Sewing Center on Main Street, until they closed. In 1982, she purchased a home in Sturgis and started her own assisted living home. Marilynn had just paid off the home when she had a stroke in 1991, and this was when her struggle began Alzheimer's. She moved into an apartment and continued to volunteer at the Fort Meade Chapel where she greeted veterans every Sunday as she had done since 1975. She moved into Sturgis Regional Senior Care in 2002.

Marilynn was a member of the DAVA of Sturgis. She volunteered at Foothills Assisted Living, owned by Ron Anderson, whom she considered her second son. Marilynn was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was active in the Meade County Senior Citizen's Center.

She is survived by one daughter, Connie (Harley) Weyer, Sturgis; five grandchildren, Cara Abel-Riker, Rapid City, Justin Abel, Sioux City, Iowa, Cody (Denise) Weyer, Marcus, Merle Weyer, Vale, and Desiree (Tyler) Hippen, Gillette, Wyo.; eight great-grandchildren, Sebastion Boerke, Shelby Riker, and Charlee Riker, all of Rapid City, Tristen and Trinity Weyer, Marcus, Whitney Weyer, Vale, and Payton and Colton Hippen, Gillette, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Merwin "Bud" Abel; two brothers, Howard and Merwin Beck; five sisters, Margaret Tschetter, Helen Marie Webster, Leila Bowes, Jean Pederson and Lois Sass; one great-nephew, Travis Sass; and her mother in-law.

A memorial has been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite at the Sturgis Regional Hospital.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Edmund William Bunney

Edmund William Bunney, 76, Alamosa, Colo., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

Cremation was selected and a memorial mass was held Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa. A recitation of the Rosary was held Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa.

He was born on Aug. 27, 1933, to John and Loretta Bunney in Aladdin, Wyo. Throughout life he loved the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, ranching, riding horses and working in his garden. He always had a love for animals. In his free time he enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing, but also ballroom and country western dancing. He was an avid reader. In his later years he was a member of the Elk's Club and was a board member for the Farm Bureau.

Edmund is survived by his wife, Ruth Bunney, Alamosa, Colo.; his children, Michael (Suzan) Bunney, Parker, Colo., Dianne (Al) Gallegos, Denver, Colo., Madelyn (Dick) Soule, Kimball, Neb., and Scott (Kris) Bunney, Brighton, Colo.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ken Bunney, Houston, Texas and Gerald Bunney, Aladdin, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kurt Bunney, and his brothers, Bob Bunney and Raymond Bunney.

Contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and may be made through the mortuary office.

Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa is in care of the arrangements.

Robert Boyer

Robert Isaac Boyer, 86, Sturgis, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.

Visitation was from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at the First Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Dwight Peterson officiating. Private family burial services will be at the Bear Butte Cemetery at a later time.

Bob was born Dec. 2, 1922, near Fairpoint to Irvin and Annie (Jeffers) Boyer. He attended rural school at Fairpoint. He spent his early years on the family ranch, working with his father and younger brother.

On Aug. 15, 1954, Bob was united in marriage to Helen Skuba at Union Center. By this time the Boyer ranch had moved 7 miles west of Union Center, where Bob and Helen made their home for a few years.

In the late 1950s they moved to Sturgis and together they operated the Jet Service Station on west Lazelle Street.

Following their retirement from the station, Bob cared for his wife, Helen, who died Aug. 1, 1989 after a lengthy illness.

Bob donated many hours of service to the Meade County Senior Center, delivering Meals on Wheels to shut-ins and helping with other kitchen chores. He received a citation for his many hours of service to the center.

During his involvement at the center, he met Gladys Hayes and they were married in 1992. They enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and dances at the center. They both continued to donate many hours at the center.

Gladys died Nov. 13, 2009.

Survivors include his step-children; Bill (Judy) Hayes, Sheridan, Wyo.; Carolyn Tippey, Whitewood, Marlene (John) Lewton, Sturgis, Darlene Daniels, Belle Fourche, and Nancy Bauer, Fargo, N.D.; 12 step-grandchildren, 20 step-great-grandchildren; one-step great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Hazel Shea, Seattle, Wash., Blanche Kellogg, Riverton, Wyo., Dorothy (Leroy) Pawlowski, Spearfish; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lester, Chester and Howard; five sisters, Ethel Kazebeer, Florence Boyer, Gladys Shourds, Mattie Nelson and Fern Stoddard.

A memorial has been established to the Meade County Senior Center.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Ellen Chalkley

Ellen McGill Chalkley, 83, of Rapid City and formerly of Waco, Texas, passed away on Nov. 22, 2009, at Golden Hills nursing home in Rapid City.

A memorial service will be arranged at a later date.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1926, in San Angelo, Texas to Malcolm and Winnie McGill.

Ellen worked as a secretary for the Waco Independent School District for more than 30 years. Thereafter, she was very active in her contract bridge club for several years.

She married James Chalkley on Aug. 17, 1951, and they were married for 54 years before his passing in 2005.

Ellen is survived by her son, Jim (Pam) Chalkley, Henderson, Nev., and his sons, Ryan, Nicholas and Patrick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; and sisters, Jewell Lewis and Wilma Smith.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society on her Mosaic page: Ellen Chalkley Memorial.

Online condolences may be shared through

June Jones

June Jones, 77, Spearfish, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at her home in Spearfish after a courageous battle with cancer. God truly received a treasure.

Family services will be held at a later date.

June was born June 22, 1932, to Raymond and Ester (Cessna) Bergstrom in McIntosh. She married Harvey "Bud" Jones. She worked as a nurse's aide for many years. She later retired and moved to Spearfish.

Survivors include, three children, Leonard Jones (Patsy Gaetano), Leon Jones and Mary Jones; her siblings, Edna Vogal, North Dakota, Laura Spiers, South Dakota, Mildred Schaneman, Nebraska, Janette Christman  of South Dakota, Ellowene (Rennie) Mimmix, Oklahoma, Don Bergstrom, North Dakota, Holy Bergstrom, North Dakota, Arnold (Mickey) Bergstrom, South Dakota, Norman Bergstrom, South Dakota, and Carol Eckhart, South Dakota.

June was preceded in death by three brothers, Dale, Marvin and Lyle Bergstrom; one sister, Violet Bergstrom; her husband, Harvey "Bud" Jones; and son, Raymond Guy Jones. 

Online condolences may be written to

Jeanette C. Larsen

Jeanette C. Larsen, 94, Chico, Calif., and formerly of Belle Fourche, died peacefully at her home on Nov. 20, 2009.

Jeanette was born in International Falls, Minn., on Oct. 14, 1915, to Agnes and Albert Anderson. Following high school, she attended and graduated from Bemidji Business College and worked in the business office of the International Falls Paper Mill. She married Franz Richard Larsen and they moved to Belle Fourche. Three daughters were born during their marriage of 70 years.

Jeanette was an accomplished seamstress and not only made her children's clothing, but sewed for others in the community as well. Additionally, she worked for several years in the Butte County Assessors Office. Richard and Jeanette moved to Tracy, Calif., where they lived for 26 years. During that time, she was employed at the Tracy Defense Depot and after her retirement, she continued her sewing, doing alterations for a local boutique.

Jeanette had an active life, wherever she lived. She participated and volunteered in sewing groups, the Catholic Altar Society, and senior citizens' groups. She loved to quilt and was an avid gardener. At the time of her death, she still was a member of the Chico Pinky Puppets. Her family and friends were very blessed to have shared in her 94 years of life. She was greatly loved.

After the death of her husband in 1989, she moved to Chico, Calif.

Her remaining family includes her daughters, Susan Larsen, Chico, Calif., Phyllis Wendt, Freeport, Ill., and Patricia Jemming, Thermopolis, Wyo.; her brother, Charles Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Letha V. Leitner

Letha V. Leitner, 85, Salado, Texas, passed away on November 16, 2009 in Temple, Texas.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at First Assembly of God Church in Killeen, Texas, followed by burial at Killeen Memorial Park.

Letha was born May 17, 1924, in Belle Fourche.

She is survived by her son, Kim Leitner; granddaughter, Traci Tobias; step-granddaughter, Sandra Lintner; and great-grandson, Juaquin Tobias.

Letha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hans Leitner; and brother, Clyde Raber.

Leon 'Mac' H. McNulty

Leon 'Mac' H. McNulty, 80, Keystone, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his children, Colleen Lewis, Hill City, Mickal McNulty, Gardiner, Mont., Patricia Wagner, Belle Fourche, Mickie McNulty-Eide, Center, N.D., Kevin McNulty, Mesa, Ariz., and Sean McNulty, Keystone; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his twin sister, Billie Jean Pesek, Mesa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna McNulty.

Following Mac's wishes, no services will be held.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Omdahl

Thomas Clifford Omdahl, 84, Belle Fourche, passed away Nov. 21, 2009, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Facility where he had been a resident for 10 years.  

Viewing, with the family was at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip.  Burial will be at the Philip Masonic cemetery.

Tom was born Dec. 26, 1924 in Cottonwood to Mandus and Silvia Omdahl. He was raised on a farm and ranch south of Cottonwood.

Tom married Elaine Schulz Feb. 24, 1949, in Philip. He worked for McDonnell-Douglas in San Diego, Calif., and later worked for Boeing aircraft in Seattle, Wash. His love of farming and ranching brought him back to South Dakota, where he leased a Wasta ranch from the late South Daokta Senator Francis Case. After getting his start in farming and ranching, Tom owned several pieces of property north of Philip and near Fairpoint. After becoming ill later in life, Tom was cared for by his son, Walter Omdahl and family. Tom later moved to the Belle Fourche Health Care Facility. Tom was loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed. 

Tom is survived by four sisters, Mabel Brunner, Sun City, Ariz., Grace O'dea, Ordway, Colo., Helen Franks, Sun City, Ariz., Florence Dean, Philip; one brother, Vern Omdahl, Cottonwood; five children, Walter (Marie) Omdahl, Spearfish, Connie (Tom) Olson, Helena, Mont., David (Bonnie) Omdahl, Sioux Falls, Jane Omdahl, Boulder, Mont., and Gary (Nancy) Omdahl, Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; his brother, Oliver; three sisters, Esther, Nellie and Lucille; and his parents.

A memorial will be established to the Northern Hills Hospice and the Belle Fourche Regional Health Care Facility.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Edward H. Seifert

Edward H. Seifert, 93, Spearfish, died Nov. 23, 2009, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Aldinger Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. 

Edward was born Feb. 5, 1916, to at Wahpeton, N.D., to Albert and Olivia (Grundman) Seifert into a family of four boys and one girl. He was raised and went to school in Wahpeton. 

He entered the U.S. Army in March 1941, and was stationed at Fort Meade in the 4th Calvary. He was discharged in 1943.

On Sept. 1, 1943, he married Muriel Millis at Cayuga, N.D. They purchased land, built a beautiful farm and raised their family.

They sold their farm in 1976, moved to Spearfish and operated an antique shop. Ed was an avid trapper and hunter who loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel, Spearfish; children, Thomas Edward Seifert, Spearfish, Lonnie (David) Gold, Lidgerwood, N.D., Carl (Janice) Blumhoff, Sioux Falls, and Gloria Machaud, East Grand Fords, N.D.; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a baby daughter.

A memorial has been established to Spearfish Meals on Wheels.

The Aldinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Enola Sorlie

Enola Florence Sorlie, 80, Piedmont, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A rosary service will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont with the Rev. Mark McCormick officiating. Burial will follow at the Piedmont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont.

Enola was born Dec. 7, 1928, at Cole to Frank and Florence (Chinnock) Fogerty. She attended country school and graduated from Lemmon High School.

On June 3, 1949, she married Gordon Sorlie at Lemmon. They lived in Lemmon until 1959, when they moved to Rapid City. They moved to Piedmont in 1963.

Enola was a homemaker and mother. She raised her family and after her husband's retirement, they enjoyed traveling and camping as a family.

Enola was a member of Our Lady of the Black Hills.

Survivors include her son, Ken (Cathy) Sorlie, Green River, Wyo.; three grandchildren, Shannon Brown, Chris Sorlie and Sarah Sorlie; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elenor (Ray) Evenson, McIntosh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; one son, Lloyd; one sister; and two brothers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals. com

Peter Verhulst

Peter John Verhulst, 84, Spearfish, went peacefully from his home to be with the Lord on the morning of Nov. 29, 2009.

A vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m.  Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish. On Dec. 4, 2009, mass and Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, followed by burial at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.

Peter John Verhulst was born Oct. 21, 1925, at the ranch home in Reva to Emma "Susan" DeJager and Peter Verhulst. He was the youngest of two children, joining his sister, Larine. Peter attended Slim Buttes grade school through ninth grade, followed by Sorum High School for two years and he graduated from Spearfish High School in 1943.

As a child, he loved baseball. He played the sport until he was 45. He loved animals and shared many stories of his pets on the ranch. He enjoyed hunting and bowling with family and friends he was 83. He also loved riding horses and pitching horseshoes.

Peter became a man before his time at the age of 17, when he took over the family ranch following the death of his father. He was known for his storytelling and never denied an audience. Papa Pete, as he was known by family and friends, never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face.

Peter married Ilean Clark on Sep. 15, 1948, in Belle Fourche. Together they made their home on the family ranch in Reva. They were blessed with six children: LaVea, Paul, Peter "Clark", Zane, Harley and Lance.  They lived on the family ranch until 1979, when they moved to Casper, Wyo., to join his sons, Paul and Clark, working for Verhulst Construction, leaving his son, Zane, to run the family ranch. Following the death of Ilean in August 1984, Peter returned to Harding County until the ranch was sold and his youngest son, Lance, graduated from high school.

Peter moved to Spearfish in 1987, where he met Cora Kerwin at the Spearfish all-school reunion. They were united in marriage on Dec. 18, 1988, in Spearfish. At that time, the Verhulsts gained an extended family of Jeannette, Tony, Nick, Pat, May-lynn, Janet, Kellie and Kim. They made their home in Spearfish until the time of his death. During their time together, they owned Cora's Creations in Spearfish, where he enjoyed helping out and delivering flowers (especially to Deadwood).

Peter Verhulst will always be remembered for his blue eyes and bright smile. He left behind a legacy of honesty, integrity and a love of life and family.

Peter is survived by his wife, Cora; his children, LaVea, Paul (Laura), Peter "Clark" (Cindy), Zane (Janet), Harley (Rhonda), and Lance (Daina); Cora's children, Jeanette, Nick (Patricia), Pat, May-lynn (Howard), Janet, Kellie and Kim (Mark); one sister, Larine (Ken) Clyde; nephew, Shane (Maggie) Mott; 24 grandchildren, Toni (Lenny) Cottril, Tona (Justin) Hand, Thad (Erin Wolf) Martin, Wendy (Brian) Blankenship, Brian Verhulst, Simone Verhulst, Michael (Kersten) Verhulst, Kalene (Brock) Anundson, Stene Verhulst, Serene Verhulst, Max (Kim) Flager, Angie (Mitch) Corwine, Tracy (Stacey) Flager, Meg (Tim) Spann, James Kerwin, Travis (Tiffany Kirkman) Kerwin, Janine (Tim) Dooley, Leigh Kerwin, Shilo Hall, Holly (Jason) Custer, Kay-Lynn Hall, Kealy (Jeremy) Branson, Kristopher (Jeanne) Kerwin, Payton Ginsbach; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilean Verhulst; his parents, Peter and Emma "Susan" Verhulst; his step-son, Anthony Kerwin; granddaughter, Vallami Jo Kerwin; daughter-in-law, Isabelle Kerwin; son-in-law, Max Flager; and brother-in-law, Harley Mott.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Harry Wickard

Harry Wickard, 86, Rapid City, died at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.

Visitation was one hour prior to services at the senior center on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Canyon Lake Senior Center in Rapid City. Burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends may gather at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

He was born May 30, 1923, at Luzon in Custer County. He attended schools in Custer and Keystone. After high school, he went to work for Swander's Bakery delivering bread to the Southern Hills, Wall and small towns east. 

Harry spent two years and three months in the Navy during World War II as a gunner on a tanker. He served in both the Pacific and European theatres. He made 20 trips through the Panama Canal carrying high-octane fuel to the European theatre. When he returned, he went back to work for Swander's Bakery.

He married Janis Hamm on May 29, 1947. He then went to work for Pennington County and plowed county roads out after the 1949 blizzard.  In 1951, he started haying and expanded on this until selling out in May 1993, working in the winter months at Eddies Tire and Glass, Caterpillar and building roads in the Black Hills. 

Harry and Janis lived in Newell for 20 years. In 1990, Harry and Janis moved to Rapid City and Harry started going to the Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Center. He became very involved with the center and spent five days a week there. Harry and Janis were in charge of the Saturday night dances and Monday pinochle for years. He loved the center and spent many happy hours there. 

In December 1992, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. 

Harry always referred to his family as having a full house with three jacks and two queens.

Survivors include his wife, Janis; Dan Wickard and wife, Kathy, Knoxville, Tenn.; Gerald Wickard and wife, Rodella, Pullman, Wash.; Bruce Wickard and wife, Suzanne, Pullman, Wash.; Cheryl and husband, Jeff Harlow, Gig Harbor, Wash.; Jo Ellen and husband, Larry Schuelke, Mud Butte; and 10 grandchildren.

We have lost another member of the greatest generation.

A memorial has been established to the Canyon Lake Senior Center in Rapid City. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Martha Joan Wieser

Martha Joan Wieser, 87, died Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009, 10:00AM, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Lead, SD, with the Rev. Kerry Prendiville as celebrant.  Visitation will be Friday, December 4, 2009 at the church from 4:00PM-7:00PM with Rosary service to follow.  Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD, on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 10:00AM.  Following the service on December 5, all are invited to gather at St. Patrick's for a luncheon provided by the altar society.

Joan Wieser was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Rapid City. She was raised on her family ranch near Wasta. She attended a county grade school and graduated from Wasta High School. She received a teaching certificate from Black Hills Teacher's College and began teaching eight grades in Scenic between Rapid City and Scenic Highway. She married Bud Wieser in Rapid City at St. John's Parrish on Nov. 24, 1948 and they shared more than 52 years of marriage. Joan died on what would have been their 61st wedding anniversary, as Bud's hand reached for hers and helped her into God's everlasting kingdom.

Her gifts and talents were many. She had a welcoming and loving heart for her family and friends, prepared feasts for all who visited and sewed everything from wedding dresses to Barbie doll clothes.

Her loving survivors include her children, Rebecca "Becky" K. Olsen (Gary), Puyallup, Wash., Rosann Hurst (Bill), Brentwood, Tenn., W. Ben Wieser (Linda), Chamberlain, M. Colette Klein (Greg), Lead, James "Jim" R. Wieser (Lorie), Newcastle, Wyo., and William "Tony" A. Wieser (Medora), Pierre; grandchildren, Mark A. Olsen (Brandi), Steve Olsen (Heidi), M. Christine Etheridge (Brian), Tara L. Hart, David Mines (Melanie), Kelly D. Hendricks (Kent), Kathleen A. Caron (Weston Scott), Matthew C. Klein (Kayla Westby), Trent J. Wieser, Amber J. Corey (Tom) and Brandon Wieser; great-grandchildren, Jessica Olsen, Hunter James Olsen, Lucas Christopher Olsen, William Anthony Etheridge, Gavin Payne Etheridge, Chase Bryant Etheridge, Jaron Mark Etheridge, Debbie Hart, Tori Hart, Tabiatha Hart, Cheyanne Hart, Emily Hart, Bailey Mines, Jonathan James Hendricks, Jordan Christine Hendricks, Abigail Grace Hendricks, Joshua David Hendricks, McKaela Kayleen Edwards, Evan Lee Wieser, Maximus Corey and Jayden Wieser; nieces and nephews, Dan, David, Tom, Pete, Linda (Asheim), Becky and Kathleen Morris, the Mann Girls: Peggy, Mary, Teresa, and Dolores, and Kelly, Pat, and Mike Johnson; sisters-in-law and their children, Marcella Skinner (Rick, Jerry, Scott, Danny and Shaun), Irene Cox (Donnie and Trudy), Margaret "Mar" Larsen (Debbie, Kathy, Christy); and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Marcy Morris; her husband, Walter J. "Bud" Wieser; brothers, William Morris, Daniel F. Morris and Charles (Hoot) Morris, special niece, Sally Garcia; special cousin, Tiny Mann, and husband, Willis; Robert Wieser (Babe), Robert Skinner, Don Larsen, and MaryAnn (Wieser) Johnson.

A memorial has been established at St. Patrick's Church in Lead.

The Aldinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. Written condolences may be left at

Bernadette 'Bernie' Williams

Bernadette "Bernie" Williams, 63, Deadwood, ended one spiritual journey and began another on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009.

Memorial services for Bernie were  held at the Deadwood Gulch Convention Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.

Bernadette Frances Gryskiewicz was born on April 17, 1946, in Wagner Township, near Stephen, Minn. She graduated from Argyle High School in 1964. She married Charles "Chuck" Williams on April 30, 1966.

Bernie worked for the city of Deadwood as a zoning administrator since 1990. She enjoyed the challenge and loved and respected the people for and with whom she worked.

She was thankful for the opportunities given to her in this life and to the people and friends who helped her. She is especially grateful for family who was so understanding.

Bernie's smiles, hugs and especially her laugh will not be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to have met and known her during her time here with us.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Chuck, Deadwood; son, Todd and his wife, Heidi, Rapid City; daughter, Tracey Charles, Rapid City; three wonderful grandchildren, Thea Winans and Sophia and Brewer Williams, all of Rapid City; her sisters, Patsy Laudal, St. Francis, Minn., and Renae St. Germain, Argyle, Minn; and her brothers Jerry Gryskiewicz, Brookston, Minn., and Randy Gryskiewicz, Warroad, Minn.

Bernie was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Emily (Kurowski) Gryskiewicz, and a sister, Elizabeth "Betty Lou" Beaudry.

A memorial has been established for the Adams Museum in Deadwood.

The Aldinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Spearfish has been entrusted with the services.  Condolences may be left at

'Bobby' Wolf

James Robert "Bobby" Wolf died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels in Spearfish. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

He was born Nov. 15, 1942, in Spearfish to Robert and Creta (Moller) Wolf.

Bobby was a dear son, brother, uncle and friend to many in the Spearfish community. He was known as "the little guy," dressed in blaze orange, on a mission to collect aluminum cans. This mission earned him a very special award presented by the city of Spearfish and Mayor Jerry Krambeck. He was always quick to lend a helping hand and even sometimes would stop traffic to help pedestrians cross the road safely to the other side.

Bobby's health started to fade and his family moved him to Pierre, where he could be cared for at the Mary House. Not long after moving to Pierre, his helpfulness and spunk gathered many more friends and special relationships with the employees at the Mary House. When friends and family went to visit, his face would light up. It was with great pride for him to give the grand tour at the nursing home.  Dressed in his bibbed overalls, with one of the 25 pairs of boots he owned, he zipped through the halls with his walker (and two green tennis balls on the front for easy mobility) recklessly and always in a hurry!

He will be missed and thought of everyday - especially by Bill, Becky and Tyler Wolf of Pierre. There will be another bright, shinning star in the sky tonight. 

Grateful for sharing his life are five brothers, Ed Wolf, Belle Fourche, Frank (Mary Jo) Wolf, Nebraska, David Wolf, Washington, Bill (Becky) Wolf, Pierre, and Marvin (Angel) Wolf, New Mexico; six sisters, Pearl Wolf, Oregon, Betty (Charlie) Firnekas, Wyoming, Carol (Bob) Koan, Spearfish, Bonnie (John) Easton, Oregon, Mary (Darrell) Harkin, Hermosa, and Barb (Dan) Haggberg, Spearfish; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; one infant brother; and one sister, Linda Wolf, Spearfish.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Mary House of Pierre.

Online condolences may be written at

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